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Poll: 89% Say Media Helped Elect, Promote Obama

Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 12:57 PM

By Dan Weil

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It’s not just conservatives who accuse the media of showing a liberal bias.

A new survey from the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute shows that 89.3 percent of Americans believe the national media played a sizable role in helping to elect President Obama.

And 69.9 percent of respondents view the national news media as intent on promoting the Obama presidency, while 26.5 percent disagreed, and 3.6 percent were unsure.

More than half of those surveyed, 56.4 percent, said the news media are promoting Obama’s healthcare reform without objective criticism. Another 39.3 percent disagreed, and 4.3 percent were unsure.

A majority, to the tune of 57.6 percent, also maintain that the news media appear to be coordinating efforts to diminish the record of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. More than a third (34.6 percent) disagreed, and 7.9 percent were unsure.

“It is sad when we find that only 55.9 percent say they expect the media to tell them the truth today,” Jerry Lindsley, director of the Polling Institute, said in a statement accompanying the survey.

“This perception of bias will eventually catch up with the news media outlets. We found 45.9 percent have permanently stopped watching a news media organization, print or electronic, because of perceived bias.”

The poll was released days after Washington Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander acknowledged that his newspaper doesn’t give enough credit to conservative media.

It just may be that that “traditional news outlets like The Post simply don't pay sufficient attention to conservative media or viewpoint,” Alexander writes.

"Complaints by conservatives are slower to be picked up by non-ideological media because there are not enough conservatives and too many liberals in most newsrooms," Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, told Alexander.

"They just don't see the resonance of these issues. They don't hear about them as fast, (and) they're not naturally watching as much."

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